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Overview (4)

Born in Feltham, Middlesex, England, UK
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (during heart surgery)
Nickname Eddie
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (2)

London-born Edmund Goulding was an actor/playwright/director on the London stage, and entered the British army when WWI broke out. Mustered out of the service because of wounds suffered in battle, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1921. He obtained assignments as a screenwriter in Hollywood, wrote a novel, "Fury," in 1922 and directed the film version of it (Fury (1923)). Hired as a screenwriter/director by MGM in 1925, Goulding quickly developed a reputation for turning out tasteful, cultured dramas and drawing-room comedies. His films typified the elegance and refinement with which MGM was identified, the best example of this being Grand Hotel (1932). He was entrusted with the pictures of some of MGM's biggest stars, such as Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford. However, one of his best-known films, and probably the one most atypical of his work, was Nightmare Alley (1947), a dark, brooding drama of greed and corruption among high and low society involving phony mentalists and a conniving psychiatrist.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Director, songwriter ("Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere", "Mam'selle"), composer, producer and author. He came to the US in 1919 and joined ASCAP in 1947. His chief musical collaborators included Elsie Janis and 'Mack Gordon (I)', and his other popular song compositions include "Sweetest Moment", "The Lovely Song My Heart Is Singing", "Fury of the Sea", "To Rest In the Glory", "You Are A Song", "Alone In the Rain" and "Oh, Give Me Time For Tenderness".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Hup234!

Spouse (1)

Marjorie Moss (28 November 1931 - 3 February 1935) ( her death)

Trivia (8)

Former stage actor. Wounded in World War I and emigrated to the United States.
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945." Pages 406-411. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
His wife was so small she had to have her shoes specially made.
He married his wife very quickly after learning that she was dying from tuberculosis.
His wife, Marjorie Violet Moss, was born in 1893 in London. She was part of a vaudeville dance act during her younger years.
He wrote a screenplay specifically for Joan Crawford, entitled "Never Goodbye", however she rejected the part. In response to his reaction, she said, "What are you bitching for? You got your fifty thousand dollars for writing the damn thing".
Directed 9 actors to Oscar nominations: Gloria Swanson (Best Actress, The Trespasser (1929)), Nancy Carroll (Best Actress, The Devil's Holiday (1930)), Fay Bainter (Best Actress, White Banners (1938)), Bette Davis (Best Actress, Dark Victory (1939)), Mary Astor (Best Supporting Actress, The Great Lie (1941)), Joan Fontaine (Best Actress, The Constant Nymph (1943)), Anne Baxter (Best Supporting Actress, The Razor's Edge (1946)), Clifton Webb (Best Supporting Actor, The Razor's Edge (1946)), and Edmund Gwenn (Best Supporting Actor, Mister 880 (1950)). Astor and Baxter won Oscars for their performances in Goulding's films.
The only director of a Best Picture winner to never have been nominated for an Oscar.

Salary (3)

Fury (1923) $5,000 (for story)
The Trespasser (1929) $40,000
Grand Hotel (1932) $52,000

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